The Art of Recycling

With themes of environmentalism and climate change becoming increasingly popular in the art world. Collecting objects that would normally be thrown away and converting them into art, has long been a favorite technique of many artists.

Recycling and reusing objects normally destined for the landfill has always been a creative process, but in the hands of a skilled artist, the practice can result in masterpieces superior to works crafted of more traditional mediums. 

This practice is now much more widespread, and with the growing awareness of the urgent need to reduce, reuse and recycle, art from recycled goods now has a more politicized nature to it.It is often used to campaign for the conservation of resources, that underpins the whole call for recycling.

Doing an online search, we found some of the following examples: 

• The Heart of the City – Rubbish Installation, New Zealand

Every day the rubbish about on the streets around this stop was collected and added to the poster – this is the result after a week.

• Rubbish Poster, California

To advertise a movie documenting ‘creative innovators who support clean and sustainable beaches’. It was created a poster produced from 17,500 pieces of rubbish picked up from beaches in Southern California.

• Sound Waves and other installations, MAD Museum, NYC

• Jane Perkins.

British artist Jane Perkins began creating broaches from similar bits and pieces that would normally go unused. Perkins is putting eco-friendly philosophies to practice with portraits made entirely of unwanted objects.

• David Mach

Hundreds of used coat hangers go into the sculpture work of David Mach, who uses other recycled materials to do larger-than-life sculptures. This gorilla is one of his most impressive examples.




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